president. The vice-president is the stand in for the president for a particular purpose. It looks like between 1992 and 2000, Albert Gore was vice-president of the United States, which officially puts his duties somewhere around thumb twiddling
, but in case somebody should have assassinated
president William Clinton, Mr. Gore would have defaulted to the presidency, effectively making him the most powerful man in the world.
The vice-president is a contingency plan, but in some cases (such as 2000-2004) may not prove to be very reliable. It seems as though Dick Cheney
, who is probably the next United States vice-president, has a heart problem. If it kills him before his term is up, then that's a contingency plan that hasn't seen all possible contingencies
Also, SatireWire once referred to the PresiRAT
, which apparently refers to a U.S. President who is a DemocRAT. This begs the question: Is there a vice-presiRAT
for those occasions when something dreadful should happen to the current presiRAT